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King Arthur: How He Became King?"

A lesson plan by Janet Blaylock for middle schools and high schools, posted on the LocalSchoolDirectory web site.

King Arthur and George Washington: A Thought Experiment on the Historical Arthur, by Alan Baragona

The Legend of King Arthur

Lesson plans under the Literature section of a larger Discovery Channel site with study guides, vocabulary words, activities, and related sources, organized for K-5, 6-8, 9-12.

Exploring Arthurian Legend: A "Lesson Plans" Website

"Goals: To examine the historical origins of the Arthurian legend; to investigate how medieval historians and storytellers reflected the concerns of their own times in their treatment of the legend; to gain insight into the use of literature as historical evidence." Suggested Grade Level: 9-12

Arthurian Legend for Teachers and Students

Kathryne C. Delcarpio of Pearl River High English provides "a 'starting point' for teaching Arthurian Legend." She not only lists links to other websites but gives an array of lesson plans and assignments for oral reports and paper topics. This is part of the website for Loyola University's "Summer Teachers Institute, 'Making the Middle Ages Fun,' that was sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in June of 2000. Our on-going project has been to create a website that might serve as a resource for teachers K-12 who include (or even would like to include) medieval materials in their courses. The contents here are as eclectic as our interests and teaching experiences. Here you will find syllabi, handouts, and reviews of material that we have found helpful in our own teaching and studies. We've also tried to create links to web materials that seem particularly useful as well."

Traits of Chivalry: An Educators' Reference Desk Lesson Plan

A lesson plan by Beth Ann Bolmeier for 10th graders, using Arthurian Legend to teach the concept of chivalry.

The Hero in Malory's Arthurian Legends

From the Omaha public schools, a lesson plan for 10 graders that teaches aspects of chivalry as depicted in excerpts from Malory, as well as teaching research techniques. This page was last updated in 1998, so some of the links are inactive, but substitutions can be made, and the lesson can be adapted.

King Arthur's Family Tree

A lesson plan by Amy Mills, who teaches primarily 10th-grade English. "This lesson/activity can accompany a unit on the Legend of King Arthur. This activity tracks the genealogy of the legendary king before his birth OR after."

Where in the World is Camelot?

Another lesson plan by Amy Mills. Students research and plot the various locations that have been proposed for the legendary Camelot.

A&E's Classroom: Ancient Mysteries Camelot

Vocabulary, discussion questions, links to definitions and biographies.


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Middle Ages Research Paper

A research assignment for ninth graders from Kathryne C. Delcarpio (see above for her entire site).


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Projects and Activities

Becky Fleming's Fifteen Simple Activities and Assignments

A list of varied and creative ideas for introducing K-12 students to the Middle Ages through King Arthur, Chaucer, and Dante.

Simulating the Battle of Mount Badon

This message posted to Arthurnet in Sept. 1997 briefly describes an activity conceived by Patricia Hans for her high school class. We hope in future to have a more detailed account of the project.

Handout on "The True Knight," by Mary Jo Buff, University of Montevallo

A handout and project for an Upward Bound Honor's English course in the Summer of 2002.

A Millennial Quest for Arthur

"In January 2000 two undergraduate students left for a month-long research trip, sponsored by Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. After traveling over 3000 miles across the Island of Britain, we created this site for people who wish to learn more about those places associated with King Arthur and the legends attached to them." Created by students Joseph W.C. Boyles and W. Jacob Livingston, III, this site is beautifully organized and has lots of photographs. Suitable for all levels. {This link is to an archived version of the site that has all the text, but the links to the photos are broken. Some of the pictures, however, are still available at Vortigern Studies.)

Oral Reports on the Middle Ages

An assignment by Sharon S. Stephens, Emporia High School, Emporia, Kansas, part of Kathryne C. Delcarpio's website (for which, see above).

Mythology Power Point Activity

An assignment appropriate for all high school levels from Kathryne C. Delcarpio (for whose complete website, see above).

Arthurian Anthology

From the NCTE Teaching Ideas, Stephanie Carey describes a project she devised for 9th and 10th graders, writing character sketches, stories and poetry based on Arthurian legend.

Do You Believe in Monsters or Beowulf, King Arthur, and Giant Green Men?

From the NCTE Teaching Ideas, J. D. Wilson, Jr., describes a project he devised for 12th-grade college preparatory students to "illustrat[e] how our preconceptions of the past sometimes influence our interpretations of the past."

Kamishibai Story Telling for Medieval Tales

These are videos of Nikki Morrell's 12th graders telling stories from Beowulf to 5th graders using Kamishibai. Kamishibai were a form of Japanese folk art from the 1920s to the 1950s in which itinerant candy sellers would use painted storyboards to tell a story. Here are several projects that use kamishibai to tell the story of Beowulf, which could easily be adapted to Arthurian stories.

Creating a Multimedia Poetry Lesson with Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Lady of Shalott"

From the NCTE Teaching Ideas, Gail N. Ferguson describes her use of multimedia to teach Tennyson to 9th-12th graders.

The Lost Diaries of the Connecticut Yankee

The first project in VMI's interdisciplinary General Education Pilot Program required freshman Civil Engineering majors to study Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and both the medieval and 19th-century technology behind it. Though created by college students, it is adaptable for high school.

Arthur Meets Monty Python

From the NCTE Teaching Ideas, Sage Hedges discusses ways she teaches Monty Python along with Malory and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to her 12th-grade British Literature class.

Arthurian Origami

Website connected to a book of the same name. "Anyone who can fold a simple origami crane will be able to re-create the legend of King Arthur--castles, knights, sorcerers, dragons, and all." You need the book for complete instructions, but the website has numerous detailed pictures of the paper folding possibilities.  Click the buttons for slides.

The Knight with the Lion

The Knight with the Lion is an exciting, interactive resource for children. It tells the story of Yvain, one of King Arthur's knights, and his intrepid lion companion, as well as Gawain, Lancelot and others. Readers get to choose which knights to follow and which adventures to explore, and to make decisions for them, as they wander through the mysterious Forest of Broceliande. The Reader can discover all aspects of medieval life, from armour and warfare to castles and clothing through the historical link material, with vivid illustrations and photographs and clear explanation.
This site is provided by Aberdeen University's Literature Website.


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